Week beginning 19th March 2018
Started revision in earnest this week with Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar - tenses, determiners and parts of a sentence. In English, we have been writing about 'The Piano' and using DADWAVERS!. This week in Maths, we have been looking at area and perimeter of squares, rectangles, compound shapes and triangles. We have been looking at the 40 Acts in RE and the meaning of Resurrection. In Art, we have been making our totem poles using the Pringles canisters. Jack and May launched a rocket in memory of Sidney Freeman.
Students will be bringing Parents' Booklets home over the next week as well as practice SATs papers.
We will be doing SATs papers every day next week, following the plan for the actual week:
Monday - Punctuation and Grammar, Spelling
Tuesday - Reading
Wednesday - Arithmetic, Reasoning 1
Thursday - Reasoning 2
I will use these results to complete a gap analysis to enable me to target our Booster sessions effectively.
Tuesday - Eucharist, Soke Netball Final
Wednesday - Rocket launch
Thursday - Creative homework due back; last day
Week beginning 12th March 2018
We started this week with an amazing workshop - Capoeira drumming and dance (see photos!!). If you would like to see the professionals, follow this link:
As it has been Science Week this week, we have conducted a variety of investigations - mixing acids and alkalis to create carbon dioxide, taking our own fingerprints and looking at loops, whorls and arches, forensic science workshop, finding out what kind of taster we are, making lava lamps and creating slime.
For Sports Relief, the children have dressed up, did a warm up routine at playtime, walked/ran a mile at lunchtime and a danceathon in the afternoon.
Tuesday - Soke netball
Wednesday - Rocket launch
PE - a mile a day plus other daily PE activities.
English - flashback stories
Maths - geometry, area and perimeter.
RE - Easter
Art - totem poles
This week will be the last week of Review Homework. I am putting together a pack of revision which can be completed until SATs. I will print some sheets but the rest will be available on the website.
This is just a reminder that information about what your child's class is doing is updated weekly on this class page. Teachers will post what is coming up, how you can help your child and suggest things that you could do at home. This is because we feel it benefits children to look at the curriculum before they are taught it and helps you know what is happening in the class before it happens rather than after it has occurred.
In the same way homework is called 'preview homework' and will focus on what the children are going to be learning about. We feel it is helpful to your child if they complete preview homework suggestions or activities. However we know that families are busy, have activities out of school etc and that this is not always possible. Therefore preview homework is optional and your child should not be penalised for not completing it and you do not need to provide an explanation to the teacher as to why it has not been done. There may be rewards and incentives for those who do complete their preview homework, but no sanctions for those who do not.
Please remember to check this page for weekly forthcoming class information and copies of preview homework posted.
Week beginning 5th March 2018
This week we tackled The Beast from the East!! Well, in writing, we did! Mr Kendall helped me fool the children into believing that Year 6 (and only Year 6) would have to make up the missing snow days. I showed them a letter from the authority signed by a Mr B Lizzard....they were very surprised and shocked to be told that they would have to stay until 7 o'clock or come in on a Saturday or during the Easter holiday. I told them that they needed to respond using a formal letter which they truly did. I had to own up by playtime, they were not very impressed but their writing was excellent. We then used the snow storm as a stimulus for newspaper reports and poetry.
In Maths, we are looking at metric measures and converting between measures.
I was extremely proud of the class yesterday for World Book Day. We completed WBD maths, writing activities and a couple of quizzes. At the end of the afternoon, the children went to Pre-school and Reception to read with the children - they were incredibly sweet and patient!
Next Week: Science Week
Monday: Capoeira drumming workshop. Please can you make sure that you have completed the payment on ParentMail.
Tuesday: Class photos
Wednesday: Science workshops
Thursday: Science activities
Friday: Sports Relief - children can wear any type of sports clothes.
Maths - converting m to km; imperial measures and problem solving using measurement.
English - flashback stories, SPaG review
Science - lots of practical activities.
PE - sports relief activities daily.
RE - Salvation - linked to Easter
The Dance Festival has been rescheduled for Tuesday 24th April.
Please have a look at the photos of Creative Homework and World Book Day!
Week beginning 19th February 2018
We've welcomed a new member of Year 6 this week...Kai.
It's been a busy week with dance rehearsals daily, lots of suspense writing and the dreaded algebra in maths!!
We are still competing in the Banagrams Challenge....round 2 next week. We've been learning about Charles Darwin in Science, looking at the different geographical features of South America in Topic and reading the Mayan Creation story in RE.
If you haven't responded to the ParentMail request regarding the Cresset show, please could you email me before Monday.
Monday - dance rehearsal, Soke cross country
Tuesday - Cresset rehearsal (9:30 - 12:30) packed lunch required.
Wednesday - Cresset performance 6:15 - 9:30
Thursday - World Book Day
Friday - RE Day
Week beginning 29th January 2018
We have been doing lots of writing this week - writing a report about a U.S. state for our Hot Write, this was then edited using purple pen, peer marked and then the best paragraph was chosen to be written out in 'best' handwriting. The children have been working really hard on their handwriting as they know that in order to get 'expected' for Year 6 they must use a neat cursive style.
We did our fractions hot task this week and every single child improved their score dramatically. We are now working on coordinates in all four quadrants, reflections and translations.
In RE, we continued to work on our Creation comic strips, aboriginal 'dot' totem animals and we read an Apache creation myth.
Today we began our Bananagrams Challenge. I can highly recommend the game for spelling and vocabulary improvement. It was amazing to watch children wandering around the room with dictionaries in their hands.
Lots and lots of dance practice - information to follow next week
English - narrative stories with suspense
Maths - Hot task for coordinates, cold task for algebra!!
Last swimming - distance awards
I'm looking forward to seeing you all next Wednesday and Thursday at Parents' Evening.
Week beginning 22nd January 2018
In Art this week, the children have completed their Lichtenstein Pop Art posters which are now on display in our shared Art Area and have begun work on Andy Warhol. Their repeated photo montages are very interesting!!
We have been looking at specific elements of non-chronological writing this week: introductions with rhetorical questions, bullet pointed lists, fact boxes and different ways of starting sentences in a formal manner.
We have been converting fractions and decimals to percentages; working out percentages of amounts and finding equivalents.
In Science, we have continued to look at evolution; the children have been introduced to some of the famous scientists including Charles Darwin.
In Topic this week, we have started to look at the history of the U.S., specifically the first settlers and the Native Americans. The children have researched different tribes to find out how they lived.
We are continuing to build up our dance for the Cresset.....it's starting to take shape!!
English - Hot Write - non-chronological writing about a U.S. state.
Maths - Hot task for Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Cold task for Geometry.
Science - mini-biographies about evolutionary scientists.
RE - Creation stories
Art - Cartoon drawing/cooking
Topic - continues research on Native Americans, Revolutionary War.
PE - Mini netball, swimming, Cresset dance
Please can you continue to collect empty Pringles cans!!! We're using them for totem poles after half term.
Week beginning 15th of January 2018
This week, we have been working on our dance for the Cresset showcase....I will let you know details about costumes soon ( it won't be anything complicated!!) Tickets are already on sale - we are doing the Wednesday performance.
Our Sports Ambassadors went to a conference at AMVC.
In English, we have been reading non-chronological writing, text-marking and analysing specific features. We have looked at prepositions, statements, commands, questions and exclamations. On Monday afternoon, we participated in the BBC Live lesson for the 500 word story competition. For this week's homework, the children need to plan their story as we will be writing it in class over the next couple of weeks.
We've had a very busy week in Maths, covering multiplication and division of decimals by whole numbers and converting fractions to decimals. We took part in a SuperMovers Live Lesson on fractions, decimals and percentages this morning.
For RE, we have compared the Christian Creation story with the Islamic story. We have read the Aboriginal Creation story and we are beginning to create our own Aboriginal totem pictures.
In Art, we did some further work on our Lichtenstein Pop Art pictures.
We have looked at adaptation in Science; how creatures have specific adaptations for their habitats and environments.
Maths - comparing fractions, decimals and percentages; finding percentages of amounts - completing our Hot Task. We shall then do the Cold Task on Position and Direction.
We will be writing lists using commas, colons and semi-colons, using the perfect and continuous form of verbs and using parenthesis with relative clauses (brackets, commas, dashes).
Art - Year 6 will be cooking and doing Art with Mrs Clayton - learning to draw in a comic strip style.
Topic - looking at the different environments in the U.S.
Science - adaptations of a specific animal
RE - Creation stories
Could you be saving Pringles tubes? We would like to use them to make totem poles!!
Week beginning 8th of January 2018
The children have worked extremely hard this week with the practice SATs. I will share the results with you at Parents' Evening. We launched our Amazing Americas topic, looking at the continents of North and South America, the countries in each continent and then we looked at the states in the USA. The children have already begun their research on an American state for their creative homework.
In Maths, we have been looking at place value including numbers up to 3 decimal places and what happens when you multiply by 10, 100 or 1000.
We have begun our unit on Non-Chronological writing by writing about North America.
We have begun discussing different Creation stories in RE and have made a comic strip about the Christian story. We have looked at inheritance in Science; those characteristics that are inherited from our parents and those which are acquired from our environment. We have just started to devise our dance for the Dance Festival at the Cresset at the end of February.
For this term, homework is becoming less Preview and more Review with lots of SATs practice.
Maths - dividing integers and decimals by 10, 100 and 1000; multiply and divide decimals by integers; decimals to fractions; fractions to decimals and percentages.
English - features of non chronological writing, formal language, specific/technical nouns, sentences, commands, questions and exclamations, commas, colons and semi-colons.
Art - Lichtenstein Pop Art
Topic - geographical features in North America
Science - adaptation, mutation
RE - comparing the Islamic Creation story with the Judeo-Christian story.
Thursday - swimming
Week Ending 15th December 2017
We've had a great time this week completing our activities with a Christmas theme - we've done lots of Christmas fractions! The children have made a card, bauble, calendar and various paper decoration.
I love the Christmas jumpers!!
Monday - We shall be watching 'Goodnight Mr Tom' on Monday morning and we have our party in the afternoon. The children should wear their school uniform in the morning and they can get changed into their party clothes in the afternoon. We will be using two rooms - Year 5 will be a quiet room and Year 6 will be hosting party games. We then have our disco session in the hall with Mr Weston. School will provide a drink and biscuits for the children.
Tuesday - Sing Out for Cancer
We will be starting our new topic, Amazing Americas, beginning with North America in the first half term. I will be giving out a creative homework in the first week for the children to research a North American state.
English - non-chronological writing
Maths - fractions, decimals and percentages.
Science - Evolution
RE - The Creation
Geography - North America
Art - North American artists, Native American art
PE - swimming will start the second week in January.
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
Week ending 8th December
A huge thanks to all the children and parents who came to the Christingle service on Wednesday evening. It was a beautiful night - all the children sang so well and the soloists nearly reduced me to tears, I was so proud. I can't wait to start casting the KS2 production!!
The children have decided that they would like to do a class Secret Santa. We looked at all the options and decided to do a Lucky Dip box instead. Each child is going to buy a present for £1, wrap it and label it either 'boy', 'girl' or 'either' and pop it in the box. We shall draw them out on the last day.
Wednesday is Christmas Dinner Day.
Friday is Christmas Jumper Day ( on top of normal uniform, just replacing the red sweatshirt or cardi). We also have Kinder Transport on Friday which will make a very dramatic end to our current topic.
Looking forward to next term - our topic is North and South America, if you have any artefacts you could share, we would love to see them. I will be setting another Creative Homework early in the new term for the children to research a North American state so you could be thinking about it over the holiday.
Have a wonderful Christmas holiday.
Week Ending 24th November 2017
On Tuesday, we had an amazing time at the cinema. The children were extremely well-behaved and fun to be with. It was very quiet on the coach on the way home...the whole back seat was asleep!
This week, we completed our Hot task on Multiplication and Division. I was very pleased with the improvement. We also did our Cold task for Fractions.....needless to say, we have a lot of work to do before Christmas. Any practice that can be done at home will be helpful!!
We are continuing our work on newspapers...they are very good at creating funny headlines! I've given them a purposeful preview homework - creating headlines for the KS1 Christmas Performance.
We will be comparing and ordering fractions (with same and different denominators and numerators), completing our unit on journalistic writing with our final Hot Write, looking at evacuation in Topic, reflection in science and Christingle in RE.
On Wednesday afternoon, Year 5 and 6 will be hosting a Vintage Tea from 1pm to 3pm. The children will be singing and would like to listen to personal memories of the war. If you could support us by providing cakes, that would be very helpful. If you have a friend, neighbour or relative that would like to share their memories, please invite them along.
Week Ending 17th November 2017
We had a wonderful visit to Bletchley Park - it was a fascinating glimpse into part of our 'secret' history. The children were extremely well-behaved and asked excellent questions. They even got to try out an actual Enigma Machine.
Thank you to all those parents who came to see our class assembly. The children really enjoyed performing for you and have now managed to persuade me to sign us up for an assembly in the Spring Term.
Tuesday - Cinema trip to Wisbech to see Captain Underpants
Friday - Fund-raising Christmas cards due back.
In Maths this week, we will be completing Hot and Cold Assessments on Monday, ready to move on to fractions on Wednesday. We are continuing journalistic writing in English, looking at alliteration, hyphens and word play in headlines, writing orientation sentences, looking at formal and informal writing and how to shift between the two. We are going to look at evacuation in more detail using Goodnight Mr Tom as our starting point.
Week Ending 10th November 2017
This week has been all about cycling!! They all performed extremely well on their bikes and will get their certificates and badges in Celebration Assembly this afternoon. The Bikeability trainers were very impressed by their behaviour and the improvement in their cycling skills.
We have been doing Code Breaking in class this week in preparation for our visit to Bletchley Park. There is also a code-breaking element to this week's preview homework.
Tuesday - visit to Bletchley Park. The coach is due to leave at 8:15. Please arrive for 8:05. The children need to be in school uniforms and school shoes. Please make sure that they are dressed warmly as there will be times when we will be outside. They need a packed lunch and a drink. They will not need any money.
We hope to be back at school for 3:45 but as usual I will let school know when we are on the coach en route!
Thursday - Class Assembly 9:00 am start.
English - continuing to write Newspaper reports
Maths - long division
Science - light
Topic - Bletchley
Art - Make do and mend
RE - Hinduism
Week ending 3/11/17
We've had a very busy first week back with SATs practice papers every day. We followed the plan for the actual week with SPaG on Monday, Reading on Tuesday and Maths on Wednesday and Thursday. So far, we have marked the SPaG, Reading and Arithmetic and I'm pleased with the progress made since the last assessment.
We have begun our work on World War 2 by looking at the events that led up to the start of the war, listening to the original radio transmission and looking at artefacts. We've begun our science topic of light and the children have some research to complete for preview homework.
Today I have introduced the children to the Literacy Planet website. They are all extremely enthusiastic about solving word puzzles, playing against their friends and earning rewards by completing tasks that I have assigned to them. I would also like them to continue to complete tasks on Study Ladder too.
Bikeability - Monday to Thursday
The children will be placed in one of three groups. On Monday, there will be two groups - morning and afternoon; for the rest of the week there will be three groups alternating times - 9:00 to 10:45, 10:50 to 12:35 and 1:15 to 3:15.
Please make sure that your child's bike is safe and that they have a well-fitting helmet.
We shall be continuing Maths and English lessons next week but on a rolling programme so that no child misses an activity. We will use the remaining time for Topic - specifically looking at codes and code breaking in preparation for our visit to Bletchley Park.
Have a good weekend and take care with the fireworks!!
Week Ending 20th October 2017
Thank you all for coming to Parents' Evening. It was lovely to meet you all!!
The children have been busy writing biographies and autobiographies this week.I'm looking forward to reading them over half term.
We have conquered long multiplication!! Well, at the moment!!
The children do have homework!!
Week beginning 30th October 2017
We shall be testing again this week. I'm going to follow the order that it will be in the actual SATs week - Monday SPaG, Tuesday Reading, Wednesday Arithmetic and Reasoning 1 and Thursday Reasoning 2. We are using the second set of papers so will be able to compare the results directly.
Maths - short and long division
English - Journalistic writing
Topic - WW2
Science - Light
RE - Diwali
Bikeability begins on Monday 6th of November. Please make sure that your child's bike is in good working order.
Trip to Bletchley Park - Tuesday 14th November
Year 6 Class Assembly - Thursday 16th November.
Have a good half term.
Week ending 13th October 2017
We started the week with our World War 1 rocket launch at the park. Toby and Charlotte did the honours by pressing the button.
We were at AMVC for basketball on Wednesday. It was a great experience for the children and they were extremely well behaved.
Parents' Evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday.
We are beginning multiplication and division in Maths next week, concentrating on the written methods for long and short multiplication and division. I have put some Maths web links up, please could you encourage your child to practice their times tables. Quick and accurate recall will be extremely helpful for these topics.
In English, we shall be continuing our work on biographies and autobiographies, with a closer look at verb tenses and the active and passive voice.
In Science, we shall be making series and parallel circuits. In RE, we shall continue our work on Hinduism by looking at the story of Rama and Sita and it's significance in the festival of Diwali.
I'm looking forward to meeting you at Parents' Evening next week - I shall share the results of the assessment that we have done so far.
Week ending 6th October 2017
We finished the Play Leader training this week. Mrs Wilding was very impressed with the children's skills. I really enjoyed watching them teaching each other games, they will be great leaders!!
We have another rocket launch on Monday - 1:15 in Glinton Park. The children will bring home a momento of the occasion.
On Wednesday, we will be playing basketball at AMVC from 11:00 to 12:30. The children can come in their PE kit that day - red/white top, black shorts/skorts/leggings or tracksuit bottoms, warm sweatshirt and trainers. They will also need to have a packed lunch on that day as we will be late back for lunch.
I'm very pleased with the children's preview homework. It is a pleasure to read every week!! They have all logged on to Study Ladder today and have tried some of the activities. The activities are not differentiated and they may find some of them too challenging. I will be encouraging them to have a go but not to panic if they can't do everything.
There is a new Sumdog competition soon so I've given the children a copy of their login details to keep in their homework book.
We have had a great time in SPaG this week - I've added the links to the independent clauses and adverbs songs!!
Week Ending 29th September 2017
What a brilliant week we've had!! Fabulous fairy tale character costumes and some really incredible art work and writing. We've all enjoyed reading the 'fractured' fairy tales which were written from a different perspective.
We have just finished our Place Value unit in Maths - I was very pleased with the improvement in the scores from Cold task to Hot task. We are now working on the four rules of number, starting with column addition and subtraction.
I shall upload some photos from the week on our page.
Monday - we will be having our assessment day for Play Leaders.
Tuesday - Harvest festival in church at 10:30
In English we will be returning to our Superhero stories, using dialogue to start stories and move the action along. We shall be planning, writing and editing our own Superhero adventures.
In Maths, we will be using column addition and subtraction to solve problems.
In Science, we will be making our own circuits and drawing the correct circuit diagrams.
In Re, we shall be looking at where Hinduism comes from and where the religion is practiced today.
Preview homework is already uploaded and the children have also been a log in code for an online homework program. I will put the link on our class page. They will also be staring Sumdog this week.
Week ending 22nd September 2017
Great start to the week with Mrs Wilding teaching the children how to be play leaders. They thoroughly enjoyed playing the games that they will be leading.
Our day out at Duxford was brilliant. I was extremely proud of the children; their behaviour was excellent and they were enthusiastic all day even though we walked for miles!! I have uploaded the photos from the day.
Fairy Tale Week
We shall be beginning the week with a 'drop down' day....there may even be some 'special' visitors in our Collective Worship! KS2 will be running different activities in each classroom.
To keep up with the theme, we will be looking at alternative fairy tales where the traditional story is told from a different point of view or set in a different time period or place.
We shall be problem solving in Maths through different stories aswell as moving onto our new unit of addition and subtraction.
In Science, we shall be making circuits and drawing circuit diagrams, we shall be looking at Harvest for RE and continuing greetings and numbers in French.
Mrs Wilding will be in on Wednesday to continue play leader training.
Dress down day on Friday - fairy tale characters.
Thank you to all those parents that attended the Open Evening. If you couldn't make it, I have added the PowerPoint onto the Year 6 page.
We've had a very hard-working week with our first taste of SATs assessment...results to follow!
Monday - Mrs Wilding will be teaching the Year 6 how to be Play Leaders. The children will need to have the 'proper' P.E. kit...particularly trainers ( I don't mind what colour they are, as long as they have a good grip!!).
Wednesday - Duxford (hopefully...no decision made as yet)
Advanced Warning - Fairy Tale Week ( week beginning the 25th of September) There will be a 'dress up day' on Friday 29th - favourite fairy tale character.
Maths - rounding, negative numbers, hot task and then moving onto addition.
English - story openings, describing settings and characters using expanded noun phrases. Correct punctuation of dialogue.
Topic - Duxford trip
Science - history of electricity
Art - completing ww1 silhouette images.
P.E. - Play Leaders/outdoor games
Welcome to Year 6
I am looking forward to meeting you next week for our 'Meet the Teacher' Open Evening. I will be talking about the expectations for Year 6 and the day-to-day issues that may arise. It is a general meeting rather than an opportunity to have individual discussions; Parents' Evening is later in the half term but I'm happy to answer any questions that you may have. The children have already had the same information.
The children have had a fabulous start - they have really impressed me with their effort, enthusiasm and behaviour. I've thoroughly enjoyed the week as we've been doing lots of practical tasks - problem solving in Maths, drama in Topic etc.
Baseline Assessment week - we'll be having a go at our first SAT style tests (in class). Scores will be reported back at Parents' Evening.
Wednesday - Roald Dahl Day - we will be taking part in the Virtually Live event in the afternoon
Rocket Launch at the park - 1:15
Open Evening 3:30 and 4:00
Maths - large numbers place value and rounding, negative numbers
English - types of nouns, expanded noun phrases, use of commas, story starts
Topic - life in the trenches
Science - light and electricity
RE - Hinduism
PSHE - changing your mindset
PE - Games
The children have had their Preview Homework books and I have uploaded the activities onto the Homework page.
If your child would like to email homework, the address to use is: